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Caregiving is a universal reality that touches almost every family. In New Jersey there are more than one million unpaid family caregivers shouldering this responsibility, often without preparation or education.
Caregivers often put their own physical, mental, and financial health at risk. Caregivers experience higher levels of depression and many have reported worse health than the general population. They also find themselves dipping into their savings and taking a financial hit by having to pass up promotions, or even leave the workplace altogether.
Providing this care can take a particularly devastating toll on ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families who are already living paycheck to paycheck. With little or no ability to set aside savings, ALICE caregivers cannot afford to miss work to care for their loved ones.
United Way is committed to helping our unpaid family caregivers by providing a community of support to lessen the stress, fatigue, and burnout that take their toll on these important individuals. We do this important work by looking beyond temporary fixes to find solutions that result in long-term, sustainable change for individuals and families. Everything we do is to help ALICE at three key points – now, in the near term, and with an eye to a better and more stable future.
Click here to learn how United Way Caregivers Coalition is helping improve life for family caregivers.